Bronski Beat, "Smalltown Boy"
KOSMO's VINYL of the Week:
This week we are in The Garden Studios, East London in 1984, for Bronski Beat's debut single "Smalltown Boy", produced by Mike Thorne and first released on London Records...
"A visit from #1 son Jack carrying a bag of sounds, including this on 12", reminded me of what a great and important record it is. Bronski Beat were a trio of 2 Scots and an Englishman formed in Brixton in 1983. All being gay, they decided on a militant presentation of their lifestyle and politics. Naming their debut LP "Age Of Consent", Bronski Beat helped bring to a general public's attention the inequalities and outrages that homosexuals were suffering at the time.
The original line up with Jimmy Sommerville on vocals only lasted until 1985 but "Smalltown Boy", their first and biggest hit, is a tremendous combination of synthpop, dance music and serious content." - KV
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